Enlightenment, Revolution, and Romanticism: The Genesis of Modern German Political Thought, 1790-1800
Harvard University Press, 1992 - Philosophy - 434 pages
They join the greatest boldness in thought to the most obedient character. So Madame de Stael described German intellectuals at the close of the 18th century, and her view of this schism between the intellectual and the political has stood virtually unchallenged for 200 years. This book lays to rest Madam de Stael's legacy, the myth of the apolitical German. In a narrative history of ideas that proceeds from his book The Fate of Reason, Frederick Beiser discusses how the French Revolution, with a rationalism and an irrationalism that altered the world, transformed and politicized German philosophy and its central concern: the authority and limits of reason.
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